partisan responding to the Trump “fortress america” in two points

January 16th, 2019

So.  Apparently, Nancy Pelosi is “winning” on the Wall, encrusted as it is in the big government shut down.  Of course she is.  The Wall is a stupdifying idea, something a more adroit politician could back track to some grand “border security” premise.  It is sort of baked into the cake. And always begs the question… posed, it seems, by Ann Coulter:

She continued, declaring that Trump has “screwed up” in the first two years of his presidency by not getting the wall built, adding that now “with three seconds on the clock, he’s finally throwing the ball.”

Didn’t he just have a Republican Congress that was apt to do something of his bidding?  Maybe not really… as their checklist amounted to a tax cut and Judicial appointments.

But be that as it may, looming ahead:  Who the heck are the Democrats going to nominate in 2020?

Giving the trajectory of the party on foreign policy, somewhat in reaction to Trump’s various isolationist impulses as too his tie in with Russians… I think the Democrats oughta draw the contrast and nominate…

As everyone thinks along these lines… but more logically…

Joseph Lieberman.

Particularly — as befitting the current needs of the Democratic party — if he has a sex change operation, but if he just wants to go in drag that’ll work out well too.

His running mate can be Michael Bloomberg, obsessed as he is with everyone’s dietary habits in drinking big sodas, appears to slide into that major issue that concerns at least a chunk of leftwing commentators right now… how the President deals with the government’s shut down in shutting down culinary service to cater the college football champion meeting…

(In drag?)

reid and romney

January 12th, 2019

It looks like Harry Reid has endorsed Mitt Romney for a 2020 run…

A number of ways you can look at this.  We’re in line with Bill Maher’s re-calibrated “If I knew what was coming, I’da supported Romney” revisionism.  We’ve got the two party duopoly and the interchange of a “Third Way” “No Labels” gambit, replete with the big .  Heck, maybe he’s wary of the “creeping socialism”, and is of that type of post-politicians who sought third party alternatives to William Jennings Bryan in 1896 or the Liberty League with the rise of FDR.

Or… maybe… It’s the big Mormon Conspiracy to take over America!

and then

That conspiratorial tome I was looking at a few months ago, prophecyzing the Romney Presidency of 2016… (and I think then the anti-Christ?) maybe it was just 4 years too early.

stare in the mirror

January 10th, 2019

I read a list for the end of the year of pop culture happenings in 2018… they riff on the big pop cultural happenings as being the blockbuster movies of Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther, and then

Healy I wonder if President Trump and Republican leaders watched “This Is America” or parts of Beyoncé’s Coachella performance, or understood what “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” were saying about America in 2018. These moments were about nonwhite artists, characters and concerns rising as defining moments in the culture at a time when white identity politics is defining the presidency. And here is Trump, congratulating Roseanne Barr for supporting him on “Roseanne.”

Flegenheimer What ever happened to that show?

And Welcome to Hell.  I don’t know. A simple thought experiment: Trump calls up Beyonce and congratulates her for an upstanding performance.  Or the producers of Crazy Rich Asians.  At best they’ll just give them the same performance the producers of Hamilton (the great progressive celebration of a proto-supply sider) gave Vice President — a hectoring lecture.  Nay: he’ll stick to congratulating the celebrities who want him… Roseanne, Kanye West…

Going back a few years, I wonder if the lack of success of the Ghostbusters movie was foretelling the lack of success of Hillary Clinton in 2016.  Or if the wires of the Beyonce Superbowl appearance and its mark on popular culture — as particularly publicized and promoted — were somehow crossed… if when Blink 182 overtook everyone on the charts if that foretold a frat-boy nostalgia aesthetic in our culture as run in to the election or to future Kavanaugh support?  Is this what the reviewers are getting at?

Healy Our colleague John Koblin nailed it. ABC wanted to cater to “white working-class” Trump supporters. I interviewed her in March about the changes in her character to make her a Trump supporter. She erupted at me and the ABC publicist tried to shut me down.

In the interview I heard from her she slashed away at the idea a bit, claiming the big political take-away for the show was that half the country voted for one candidate and the other the other, and that was it.  As it were, the cultural reviews of the show were mind numbing — pointing out the inconsistency of voting for Trump when holding to this or that view, as though support for a politico is ever consistent for lay people.  And I couldn’t tell if the complaint for John Goodman’s character’s attitude toward the “non gender conforming” kid was that they wanted less nuance and a more evil foil or –? …

Rogers Roseanne is performing in my Indiana hometown this spring. Suffice it to say conservative America is ready to forgive her.

Well, it was a good show while it lasted.  I am puzzled by the line of commentary…

Sure.  Are they willing to forgive Louis CK, though?

Flegenheimer It just speaks to Trump’s ability / insistence to nose into any moment. It seems like big cultural happenings are so often processed, in part, through a prism of: How will Trump involve himself — or, possibly, screw things up?

I’m not sure Roseanne Barr didn’t screw it up all by herself, and the reportage doesn’t just get absorbed to “over there”.

always remember, no Russian kept Hillary Clinton from campaigning in Wisconsin

December 31st, 2018

Welcome to Hell.

Sticking to this claim:

They’ve allowed their tool to be used by a foreign nation to subvert democracy and seek to suppress African-American votes.

Leave aside issue number one — where I have seen it explained that no, facebook didn’t sell private data to corporate interests– they gave it away —

And except for the implied suggestion for the problem the NAACP head has to issue number two — leaving aside issue 3 on the lack of a diverse corporate culture and its blind spots, etc…

We come back to the problem of the Russian trolls and their army of Black Nationalist

— or whatever we can call it —

facebook pages spouting Russian propaganda to “suppress the vote” —

presumably suppressing Hillary Clinton’s vote by arguing against her to part of the Democratic base?…

and, I suppose if we’re looking at this from the vantage point of that which cost Hillary Clinton the election — her one percent losses in WIMIPA — hm… a concerted effort centered around Detroit’s inner city? —

And herein lies the problem…
… for a show that inserted the Green Party presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate into coverage of the Presidential debates…

… And here it’s worth looking at the rhetoric of the vice presidential candidate they so-championed

— the party ticket who, according to the infamous “pee tape” report (is that what I should call that thing?) made some juants over to Russia …

Or we can go to Colin Kaeperneck and his non voting stance, seeing the two candidates of Trump and Clinton as just running around debating who’s less racist

Because the Russian troll army, such as it is, is essentially aping the rhetoric of such figures, amplifying their message to the degree they can…

“suppressing the vote” (whatever that means) against Hillary Clinton…

And if we kick their facebook pages out because it’s aping Russian propaganda, they would indeed by racist…

… or sweeping about too suspiciously for content…

turf wars

December 28th, 2018

We get one of those flyers on a free box (WW or PM or one of those) mocking Trump as a 400 pound lard and a lard for Democracy, or some such…

… and an angry flyer placed in the next box declaring that “Fat shaming your political enemy is fat shaming your political comrades, you neo-liberal idiot.”

I ponder whether they know the definition of “neo-liberal”, though I then ponder whether there is a real definition of the word “neo-liberal” anyway.

Gun Talk in the liberal bubble

December 21st, 2018

“No, really I see no reason that I can’t have one, keep close in hand, for my protection.”
“Concealed.”
“Yes.  Concealed.  There are creeps out there.”

Two people — late 20s? early 30s? — talking about guns, largely positively.  Off notes shift in.

The negative notes seem to be almost perfunctory.  Cover their bases.

“Of course if I had children, the calculus would change.”
“Of course.”
“Like, the last school shooting.  Apparently the gun was just… lying around.  Or something.”
“That’s just wrong.”

“Apparently in some states you can own a gun at age four.  Can’t buy one of course, but can be passed on to the kid.”

I suppose I may mention that should the four year old actually fire the gun for any consequence, the legal guardian would almost certainly have some mighty serious legal repercussions.  Also, what does a four year old own, really?

They then plan on going shooting over the weekend.  Firing shots and some inanimate object or other out in the boondocks.
“Sounds like fun.”
“Sure does.”

Worth pointing out, perhaps, this is a woman and a man.  The woman speaks at some point of her girlfriend.  I point that out only because back in the summer, I noted at Huffington Post a story lauding some trans-gendered student associated with the anti-gun group of high schoolers behind David Hogg, speaking out and lauded as grabbing the “intersectionality” of the gun issue, which elicits a giant groan, a forced framework.  As it were, I suppose we’re still in the “white” and “cis” categories, so we’re still not fully where we need to be in the “Oppression Olympics”.  When I get the tran-woman or man nra member, I’ll be sure to note it.